After the walk to the Botanic Gardens last Monday, Tuesday I took myself off to the local Arboretum, it was a really sunny bright day. Took my old Olympus E620 with the standard 14 – 42mm and 40 – 150mm zoom lenses, because it was so bright I used a polarising filter for all the shots to cut down the reflections from the leaves and bring out the colours. I opened the images in Lightroom and then edited them in On1 Perfect Effects, really like that program, it’s quick and easy. Glad I went early in the week as the weather has taken a turn for the worse. Took far more photo’s than I normally would so will divide the images into two or maybe three postings.
Through The Trees
Still a lot of Green
Ready To Fly
Show Your Colours
Veil Of Leaves
Bend With The Breeze
It was a unusually warm day today, 71 deg F. / 22 deg C. Spent the day in the garden catching up on the chores I’d put off, pruning and tidying up, could do with another week at least. The best part was having my cats with me, both of them laying on the lawn enjoying the sunshine, interspersed with dashing around and investigating/supervising what I was up to.
Here are the last few images from my walk to the Botanic Gardens on Monday.
Wasn’t sure if autumn had shown up owing to the hot weather we had recently. But to prevent seizing up I needed a walk, the Botanic Gardens seemed a good idea, an easy 3 mile round trip. So off I went this morning with my old Olympus E620 digital camera and Minolta HiMatic of 1962 vintage. The weather was changeable so I set the Olympus to 400asa to get reasonable shutter speeds with the penalty of a bit of noise in the images.
Lemon & Lime
Hostas On The Turn
Good For The Eye
The Arboretum tomorrow I think, it’s supposed to be a sunny day, better for film images.
Thought I would go out on a bike ride last Sunday as I felt a bit unfit and my road bike needed an outing, I haven’t used it for well over a year. The road bike should be easier on tarmac than the mountain bike I reckoned, but It was hard work on the way back, I put it down to my fitness level until I looked at the bike this morning and found the rear tyre was flat. A slow puncture I guess, it would be the rear wheel of course. Despite that the ride was good as was the weather, the countryside had green’d up nicely after the recent rain.
It’s great to see an area left for wildflowers beside the crops, the insects and wildlife must really benefit.
Kings Norton, My Favourite Rest Stop
There was an interesting assortment of garbage left out along my route back from town.
Halfway through putting this post together Mimi one of my cats kindly brought me a mouse, I managed to rescue it to safety, Mimi is now looking for it.
Old fashioned shops are getting few and far between nowadays, most are converted to aluminum or UPVC windows and doors and seem to look the same.
Lazy day for my two cats, but not for me. Discovered the cold water connection to the kitchen sink was leaking. Who’d be a plumber, it was really awkward to get to the connection, but a strip of Ptfe tape and brute force sorted it, hopefully. Meanwhile the cats were lazing on the lawn, so I picked up my old Olympus C8080WZ and took a few photo’s of them.
With all the hot dry weather this summer the lawn is looking really sad, but this lonesome Dandelion added a bit of colour. Considering how old the camera is (2004) it didn’t do such a bad job, with a bit of tweaking in Lightroom and the OnOne plugin. It’s just really slow to write the RAW files to the memory card, but it’s quite good for macro shots.